Project just about finished

A major milestone for me last night – I finished the last of three coats of paint on the roof. It waas hard work, especially over the weekend when i could only paint until 9 am and from 5 pm because it was so hot through the day, with the temperature in high twenties.

This is just bout the end of a big house project. We started in August, planning, getting quotes, and choosing colours – I ended up painting about a dozen sample houses on the wall, and half a dozen on the roof.

All of my spare time in September when it was dry (over the last two months there has been a lot of rain days) we treated the house for moss, then scraped and scrubbed all the walls, which are roughcast or pebbles in concrete. And we painted all of the single store walls and the lower two thirds of the double story walls (about half the house).

Then at the start of October we had scaffolding put up. It had to be full height round the whole house with roof edge protection, because we had to get roof repairs done, and were also getting the house double glazed which also required scaffolding. It did make the high wall and roof painting easier.

Through the month we had the roof ridges replaced – they were rusting through. The roof iron was unpainted galvanised and in reasonable condition apart from a few surface rust patches, so we decided to paint it to try to extend the life of it. So I had to clean down the roof, then apply three coats of paint. The eaves also needed painting, and barge boards needed either replacing or repairing, and I gave them two undercoats and two top coats because they are affected the most by the weather.

Painting the roof was the last task, and it took a couple of weeks between wet days before and after work and weekends. The roof was the hardest and most tedious.

I got three hours painting before work yesterday, and another three hours after work, and finally finished. Yay!

There’s  bit of finishing off to do, outside doors and frames, and a few bits and pieces, and the glaziers need to come back to replace a cracked unit, and then we can get the scaffolding taken down. But the big jobs are done.

As well as getting the house double glazed we have opened the windows up. Two living area windows had side windows and sashes that had fake lead stuff on them. They are now single pane picture windows that enhance our rural views. The kitchen windows were all fake leadlighted, it was a bit like being in  prison cell. They re now all clear glass, as is the rest of the house except the bathroom and toilet.

The wall painting was necessary as the condition wasn’t good, so that has spruced up the house, and painting the roof has made more difference than I thought it would. With the painting and windows it has changed the house from a tired old look to a much more clean and modern look. I’m very pleased with how that has turned out, it’s better than expected, a transformation.

Apart from a few odd jobs it is all done. I’m having this weekend off with things planned, my first break after three months of preparing for and working on the project.

I hope the roof paint sticks, I would really like to not have to paint that again. The walls should be good for a few years at least.

And as well improving the look of the house, and the views from inside the house, the double glazing should be a benefit as well, making it easier to keep what was a cold house warmer. This will keep ongoing costs down, and it also does a wee bit to help towards dealing with climate change.

I have tried to keep things ticking away here, and  number of you have helped a lot, but I have been a bit distracted from blogging for the last few months. I have a busy November as well, including a family wedding, and have other projects in mind, so we will just have to see what happens here.

 

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15 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  5th November 2019

    Bloody hell that sounds like a big, big job.
    We found one of the unsung advantages of double glazing is the reduction of noise, this may not apply to you but the muting of road noise is real plus.

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  2. Corky

     /  5th November 2019

    Congratulations, Pete. Having been through the process, I know exactly how you feel. But the end result is what counts, and you have saved a bucket load of money doing things yourself.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  5th November 2019

    The whole street here has gone colour steel,and as one house was completed another roof was started,stuff painting

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  5th November 2019

      We went Colour Steel and it was worth it. Some of the roof needed to be replaced and it was about 10/15% more for Colour Steel than plain galvanised. The roofer said that he’d done one large and fancy roof in galvanised and it cost more for the people to have it painted than if they’d done it in Colour Steel.

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  4. Gezza

     /  5th November 2019

    Man, what an epic project. Glad to hear it’s been worth the effort. Thanks for keeping the blog ticking over. Might be a small niche audience but it’s still my favourite blog. I like most the contributors here.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  5th November 2019

      Sorry Gezza,will try… harder

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      • Corky

         /  5th November 2019

        Old timer, you’ll need to pull your socks up. Less time eating crackers and chutney while watching TV, and more time posting things of interest…minus the confusion and angst. 2000 mgs of Ginkgo Biloba before putting your ”choppers” in, should do the trick.

        We look forward to your contribution.

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      • Gezza

         /  5th November 2019

        Garn. You’re one of my faves, neighbour. I’ve always got a grin when you finally get one of yours thru the gate. 😎

        And I also have quite a bit of time for my occasional opponents, notwithstanding that they might irk me initially sometimes. It’s good for me to have to defend my opinion & I learn lotsa stuff from them too.

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        • Gezza

           /  5th November 2019

          But it won’t do you any harm to try harder to get a few more thru 👍🏼

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          • Corky

             /  5th November 2019

            Could you have a word with Kitty about her continual wasting of thread space with her fixation on people downticking her? I can’t talk for others, but I couldn’t care less what type of tick she gets. She needs to get over it. People all have different opinions about our opinions. Here comments on said issue are becoming scriptio contiua. Tar, Gezza 👍

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            • Gezza

               /  5th November 2019

              Well, given that some wanker keeps downticking her every comment, even those that are non-controversial or non-adversarial, sometimes more than once, when they login again, I suspect, I must admit that I find her occasional fingers to the PDT comment in response trés amusant.

              Scriptio continua (Latin for “continuous script”), also known as scriptura continua or scripta continua, is a style of writing without spaces, or other marks between the words or sentences. The form also lacks punctuation, diacritics, or distinguished letter case.

              I suspect you have unwittingly chosen an inapt Latin phrase, Corky. One can only hope this goes unnoticed.

            • Corky

               /  5th November 2019

              I’m sorry I asked you, Gezza. I think you and Kitty take this lark far too seriously.

              ”I suspect you have unwittingly chosen an inapt Latin phrase, Corky.”

              Technically, yes, my use is incorrect. However, with a little imagination it’s quite apt. We just need to take Kitty’s continuous comments of being downticked…join them together; remove grammar and spacing – and hey presto, Scripto continua!

            • Gezza

               /  6th November 2019

              🌸

              😎

  5. That’s an impressive summary of a heck of a lot of hard work, Pete. Well done you!

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